Semi-automatics, AR-15 stolen from Gresham gun shop

Police didn't receive alarm call until 20 minutes later

A man was caught on surveillance video breaking into a gun shop in Gresham, April 26 2017. (Courtesy)
A man was caught on surveillance video breaking into a gun shop in Gresham, April 26 2017. (Courtesy)

GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — A lone thief was caught on surveillance cameras stealing 7 firearms, including an AR-15, from a Gresham gun shop late Wednesday night.

The burglary at Advanced Firearms Training on NE Division Street happened around 11:40 p.m., about 20 minutes before receiving the alarm call, Gresham police said.

Along with the AR-15, the thief took 4 revolvers and 2 semi-automatic handguns. Though his face was mostly covered in the surveillance photos, police said he is likely either white or Hispanic and was wearing a black cap, gray shirt, black shorts and white or red shoes.

Investigators searched the area and did not find a suspect. The case continues.

A man was caught on surveillance video breaking into a gun shop in Gresham, April 26 2017. (courtesy)
A man was caught on surveillance video breaking into a gun shop in Gresham, April 26 2017. (courtesy)

People are brazen’

The owner of Advanced Firearms Training declined to speak with KOIN 6 News.

Gresham police investigate stolen guns from Advanced Firearm Training, April 27, 2017 (KOIN)
Gresham police investigate stolen guns from Advanced Firearm Training, April 27, 2017 (KOIN)

But Melodie Favara, who owns Hair’s My Barber Shop next door, said it scares her that people who “should not have them” now have these extra weapons.

“I’ve seen Gresham change a lot, and not for the better,” Favara told KOIN 6 News. “People are brazen these days.”

She said she’s never had any problems in the area. “I actually always feel safe because everybody down there is carrying a gun.”

Favara said she wants police to catch the thief, retrieve the guns “and nobody gets hurt.”

Gresham police told KOIN 6 News gun shops are not required to lock up firearms inside the store when it is closed. The owner of another gun shop said some shops do lock them up for extra security, but some don’t.

Advanced Firearms on NE Division Street in Gresham, April 27, 2017 (KOIN)
Advanced Firearms Training on NE Division Street in Gresham, April 27, 2017 (KOIN)